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Please see Columbia synagogues and temples for contact information and history and photo links. [April 2009]

[UPDATE] Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative [January 2017]

Chabad of South Carolina
Lubavitch Synagogue
6338 Goldbranch Rd
Columbia, SC 29206
803 782 1831

Congregation Beit Midrash
Orthodox Synagogue
Rockbridge Country Club
4135 Rockbridge Road
Columbia, SC
803 782 1831
Beith Midrash

Synagogue Beth Shalom
Conservative Synagogue
5827 North Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC
803 782 2500
Celebrated the 100th Anniversary September 2005

Tree of Life Congregation
Reform Synagogue
6719 North Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC
803 787 2182
On January 15, 1896, a group of eighteen members of the Jewish community met in city hall chambers and organized the Tree of Life Congregation.natchez

Tree of Life (Uethz Chaiam) congregation on Lady Street was organized in March 1896.

Arcadia Lakes Cemetery: 1401 Arcadia Lakes, Columbia, SC 29206. Arcadia Lakes Cemetery is on JHSSC  Arcadia Lakes is also Beth Shalom and Whaley Street Cemetery [Oct 2013]

Beth Shalom Congregation Cemetery: Located on Whaley Street; Contact: Mr. David Lovit, 3611 Rockbridge Road, Columbia SC 29206; 803-878-3757.

Whaley Street Cemetery, 1300 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery: Gadsden & Richland Sts. 720 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 2920. 11826, in Postal & Koppman Jewish Tourist's Guide to U.S.. Phila., PA: Jewish Publ. Soc., 1954, p. 579. Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery at corner of Taylor and Gadsden Streets has been in continuous use since 1822. Contact: Bernard Fleischman, Sr., 1626 Graeme Drive, Columbia, SC 29206, 803-787- 1138. Cemetery includes historic graves. Used by Beth Shalom (Conservative) and Tree of Life (Reform). Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, P.O. Box 6187, Columbia 29260- 618. Hebrew Benevolent is all but mostly Tree of Life and the De Leon Cemetery is part of Hebrew Benevolent.

Burial list [July 2010]

De Leon Cemetery: Adjoined the Hebrew Benevolent Society cemetery and belongs/ed to the De Leon Family. Disused generally but still available for use for that family. [Oct 2013]


Barnett A. Elzas compiled transcriptions of the names and dates on tombstones in Jewish cemeteries in Camden, Charlestown, Columbia, Georgetown and Orangeburg in 1910. See American Jewish Archives in Vital Statistics File, and Miscellaneous file in AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form.

Index of the Jewish Cemeteries of South Carolina as of 1910 compiled by Barnett A. Elzas, 1911: Charleston, SC. Contact: Mr. Michael Mischner, 1719 Mill St. Camden, SC 29020, 803- 432-9687.

The Jewish Cemetery at Camden, S.C. compiled by Barnett A.Elzas. Published: Charleston, S.C., 1910. Elzas, Barnett Abraham, 1867- F279.C2 E5
1919 Jewish population was 281. Source: "Directory of Jewish Local Organizations in the United States" pp. 330-583. American Jewish Year Book 5680 September 25, 1919 to Sept. 12, 1920; Volume 21. Edited by Harry Schneiderman for the American Jewish Committee. Submitted by Alan Hirschfeld

The Jewish Cemeteries at Columbia, S.C. Compiled by Barnett Elzas, published: Charleston, S.C. in 1910. (Revised edition 1935 by I. Cassel). 11 pages. 64B44. Notes: 295 inscriptions, 1822 - 1934, alphabetical listing. Source: Tagger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish Cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography, Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997. Also found at Smathers Judaica; F279.C7 E4 De Leon:

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